This is the Irrational Season: Mary’s Story

Sitting before the Child in the Manger, and the infinite made tenderly accessible to us, let us glance up at the young mother whose body held more than the universe itself can hold. (Clare of Assisi gave us that lovely image in her letters to Agnes of Prague).  In the midst of spinning stars on a planet small, in a stable smaller still, a woman young in years, yet full of grace and wonderings, looks at her baby boy with love.  Jesus would reach and feed, grow and play, learn and pray, love and work, cry and laugh  – all within the secure boundaries of her loving gaze.  What is Mary’s story?  For story – we remember – holds truth.  

Young Mary of Nazareth’s Story is marked with angels, journeys, questions, magnificats, leaping babes, kin conversation, serving, sorrows, Spirit, stars and ponderings. From angel annunciation, her life has been like the pause before the GPS speaks after a radical turn, “RECALCULATING”.  She’s gone another way, by intuition and by Yes, a way without her knowing and understanding, a way ungraspable and unexplainable (except by angel dreams, it seems, or so faithful loving Joseph found).  

And in this newly twisting tale, her Story and very being – heart and soul and flesh – will give birth to THE Story, the Word expressed in flesh and told in our world and time.  There will be no recalculated voice to explain the ways the Story will unfold in time.  This Story, this Word, invites and calls for faithfulness only. There is no reasoning, GPS security or googlemaps with landmarks.  Only love.  And Love.  For “it is not a matter of reason, it is a matter of love”.*  

So today I offer Madeleine L’Engle to you once more, for I find her word-entries into Incarnation mystery such apt companions for reflection.  I hope you do too.  These two poems take us months back from the Manger Mystery, to the Annunciation change in path.  Find Luke 1, and these, as food on this Feast of the Holy Family.

 

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After Annunciation

This is the irrational season,
when love blooms bright and wild.
Had Mary been filled with reason,
there’d have been no room for the child.

Young Mary

I know not all of that which I contain.
I’m small; I’m young; I fear the pain.
All is surprise: I am to be a mother.
That Holy Thing within me and no other
is Heaven’s King whose lovely Love will reign.
My pain, his gaining my eternal gain
my fragile body holds Creation’s Light;
its smallness shelters God’s unbounded might.
The angel came and gave, did not explain.
I know not all of that which I contain.

* This quote of reason and of love is from the play “A Man for all Seasons” by Robert Bolt

 

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4 thoughts on “This is the Irrational Season: Mary’s Story

  1. Jeanne McCauley

    These are beautiful blogs. Thanks so much for sending. I am reading them after the devastating ravens loss. They lifted my spirit

    I am afraid that Joe is really hurt and suffering from a concussion that is throwing off his aim..

    Have a great New Year and thank you so much for all your wisdom and guidance this year, You are a very important part of my journey

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  3. Joan Gecik

    I love Madeline’s work and have many of her books. She was one of my early spiritual teachers when I discovered her books in 3rd grade. Ever since then, I have devoured her writings. They fill me with hope. Thanks for the wonderful reflection.

  4. I love this post. I often wonder about Mary’s humanness and Joseph’s also! So much so that I wrote a novel, Joseph’s Journey, which was a truly a Spiritual experience. I believe that all who came in contact with the Child were blessed, even in the womb. In my story Joseph questions his involvement and his own capabilities as he stalwartly leads Mary to Bethlehem.
    I love the “realness” of the Holy Family. It gives me hope that while we may not be the one chosen to carry the Christ child, we all have our Spiritual directive/mission.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours,

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